Hope is really an amazing factor in life. In fact, I couldn’t imagine life without hope. Praise God, it is through a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ that we can truly understand and have hope.
It’s been awhile since we updated you on Cole’s journey with his Perthes Disease. And I guess to a degree that is good thing, since there hasn’t been much to report since his surgery this past June. He was back on his feet pretty quickly and seemingly back to life as “normal” which has been pretty amazing and we never want to take “normal” for granted. Especially considering where we were a few years ago when we started this journey.
And while we can honestly say there has been a foundation of hope all through this journey… it has understandably been dim at times. But praise God when our hope is renewed.
Cole traveled up to Birmingham for his 6-month post-surgery check up with Dr. Killian over the Christmas break. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there with him this time as I was with a team of college students from our church serving in Haiti. It was hard being away, but I was so excited to get a good report even while in Haiti.
Dr. Killian looked at the x-rays and progress the disease is making and more importantly, Cole’s recovery. Everything is looking good and on track but we still have some more time ahead of us on this journey. His hip is healing nicely as the bone continues to grow back and solidify. He does still present a leg length discrepancy, although it is smaller than last time. Dr. Killian wasn’t too worried about this and we won’t make any decisions until after some growth spurts and an evaluation when he is around 13 years old.
So after some looks at his flexibility, walking and running… Cole was… off and running. And that is how he has spent this fall anyways. He was cleared to play flag football earlier this fall and he had a great time out there learning the sport and competing. Right now we are in the middle of soccer season. So needless to say, his leg is getting quite the workout – all the time. And he was excited to hear that he won’t need another check-up for 18 months!
But that just affirms and renews our hope. Our God is such a faithful God. We resonate with the words of the Psalmist, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15). And we also echo Psalm 147:11 as we have learned that “the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
Thanks, as always, for following us and praying for us in this journey of hope!